Alain Guiraudie was born on July 15th, 1964, in Villefranche-de-Rouergue into a farming family, and it is perhaps due to this rural upbringing that his style possesses a naturalistic and observational tone.
Long fascinated by the arts, Guiraudie directed his first short film, HEROES NEVER DIE, in 1990, a film in which he also acted. Five more films followed in the next decade, but it wasn’t until Guiraudie directed his first short feature film, THAT OLD DREAM THAT MOVES (2001), that he found critical acclaim. This effort won Guiraudie the prestigious Prix Jean-Vigo, and was presented in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, with Jean-Luc Godard praising it as the “best film at Festival de Cannes.” With his fourth feature, Alain Guiraudie really hit his stride. With a mix of his trademark aesthetic naturalism and a sensual narrative with a hard, thriller edge, STRANGER BY THE LAKE is an examination of the way in which desire can blind oneself to danger.
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